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Train derailment: PM expresses grief; Railway Minister orders inquiry

Bengaluru, PTI | Updated : 13 February 2015, 06:25 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the death of five passengers following the derailment of an inter-city express near Anekal in Karnataka this morning.

“Saddened by the loss of lives due to derailing of Bangalore-Ernakulam Express. Condolences to the families of the deceased,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

At least five passengers were killed and more than 60 injured, several critically, when nine bogies of the Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-City Express derailed near Anekal today after a boulder fell on the track.

“I wish the injured a speedy recovery. Railway Minister and officials are closely monitoring the situation and ensuring timely relief,” the Prime Minister said.

Railway Minister orders inquiry

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today ordered an inquiry into the derailment of the Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter City Express and announced a compensation for the families of those killed in the mishap.

An inquriy into the mishap will be conducted by Commissioner (Railway Safety), he said.

“Unfortunate rail accident in Karnataka, Boulder fell on track in Ghat section, train hit it. directed all sr officers to rush with full help,” Prabhu tweeted.

Expressing grief over the mishap, the minister announced a compensation of Rs two lakhs for the families of the deceased.

While Rs 50,000 would be given to those severely injured, Rs 20,000 would be given to those who suffered simple injuries.

Prabhu has rushed to the site along with Chairman Railway Board.

Three passengers were killed and more than 60 injured, some of them critically when the Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter City Express derailed near Anekal.

Railway officials said about nine coaches have been derailed in the mishap that occurred between Anekal-Hosur on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border at around 7.40 AM.

First Published: Friday, February 13, 2015 06:05 PM
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